Construction Begins On New Monarch Academy Contract School

A new contract school aiming to ease overcrowding at three west county elementary schools broke ground Monday in Maryland City. Construction of Monarch Global Academy, open to children who live in the school district for Brock Bridge, Jessup or Maryland City elementary schools, is planned to finish by next fall. (Capital)

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Archbishop Visits Local Catholic schools

Singing children and heavenly blessings are just another day on the job for William Lori — or as his flock knows him, “your excellency.” St. Thomas More Academy in Middletown welcomed Maryland’s foremost Roman Catholic leader Monday for the first time since he was named archbishop of Baltimore in the spring of 2012. Lori also stopped by Visitation Academy, Frederick’s private Catholic school for girls in kindergarten through eighth grade. (News-Post)

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Howard High Teacher's Trivial Pursuit Brings Her To 'Jeoparday'

Cathy Bloedorn, chemistry and forensics instructor at the Ellicott City school, was among 15 schoolteachers nationwide who competed in the popular game show's fourth annual Teachers Tournament. The feat capped a lifelong dream for the 36-year-old Baltimore resident and trivia enthusiast, who tried out for "Jeopardy" about five years ago but failed to make it on the air. (Balt. Sun)

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Howard County Students Prepare Films For ‘Your Voice, Your Choice’ Competition

Howard County students are working on short documentaries to submit to the Horizon Foundation's "Your Voice, Your Choice" film competition, which is part of the organization's Howard County Unsweetened campaign. The competition, which carries with it a $10,000 grand prize, is for students to showcase their talents while reflecting on the abundance of unhealthy beverages in their life and how those drinks can impact their health. (Balt. Sun)

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Nov. 4 // Kevin Maxwell Named Md. ‘Superintendent Of The Year’ For Anne Arundel Work

Prince George’s County School Superintendent Kevin Maxwell was named Maryland’s 2014 Superintendent of the Year for his work in narrowing the achievement gap and forging partnerships with the community while at the helm in Anne Arundel County. Maxwell, who became the schools chief of Maryland’s second-largest school system three months ago, received the award from the Public School Superintendents’ Association of Maryland. (Wash. Post)

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Special Education Fights Pit Parents Against Montgomery County

Complaints of difficult relations between special education parents and the school system have prompted some elected officials to call for an external review of the special education department in Montgomery, a proposal that a Board of Education committee is expected to consider in coming months. The review, supporters say, would improve relations between the district and parents, possibly saving taxpayers millions of dollars in litigation costs. (Wash. Post)

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Takoma Park 16-Year-Old Savors His History-Making Moment At The Polls

On Tuesday, Ben Miller plans to step into a booth at the Takoma Park Community Center and do something that the country’s other 16-year-olds can’t: cast a vote in an election. Heady stuff for a slim, freckled teen who works part time at a gelato shop in between attending classes at Montgomery Blair High School and playing with his band, Ladle Fight. He and about 350 other 16- and 17-year-olds were granted the right to vote in municipal elections by the Takoma City Council in May, making the Montgomery County community the nation’s first to lower the voting age from 18 to 16. (Wash. Post)

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Children From Poor Families Lag In Cognitive Development And Other Areas, Report Says

Less than one in five third-graders from low-income families score at or above the national average in math, reading and science assessments, and only about half maintain a healthy weight and are in “excellent” or “very good” health. That compares with about half of children from higher-income families who are scoring above average on standardized tests and 62 percent of children from wealthier families who are in very good health. (Wash. Post)

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